Geralt of Rivia is not the most exuberantly fictional character ever. He is not boring or brutal – on the contrary, in fact – but he tends to keep his own advice while getting started on his work. And as a professional monster hunter, that company certainly seems to put the brain ahead of the brain.
We may see another side of him in The Witcher season 2, which debuts on Netflix in December. Series star Henry Cavill told Total Film (via GamesRadar) that he lobbied to portray the character as more than just a biceps with a sword next season.
“This season, I really wanted to make sure we represented the book’s Geralt more accurately and that we saw him speak more,” Cavill said. “I pushed really, really hard for it.”
Of course, this is not to suggest that he should suddenly compete with Jaskier for stage time, of course: “He’s still Geralt of Rivia, but he’s definitely going to seem more like an intellectual,” Cavill said.
I’m not as familiar with The Witcher novels as Cavill is, but Geralt’s cultured, intellectual side also comes to the fore at times in The Witcher 3. In fact, a journal entry from the Avid Collector page assignment in the Hearts of Stone expansion (where Geralt whizzes among the elite and buys some art) quite explicitly about it:
“Geralt is often taken for a hassle. Nothing could be further from the truth: Although the exterior is harsh and noisy, inside Geralt holds a sensitive understanding of beauty and art.”
He is also revealed in the game as something of a wine connoisseur and a quiet romantic.
Cavill’s remarks about taking a more cerebral approach to Geralt fit with recent comments from showrunner Lauren Hissrich, who said in October that the second season “seals whole new emotional depths for Geralt – as a lost love, as a father, as a son. “Like a brother, like a Witcher. It’s a pleasure to watch.”
The actor also revealed how he spent some of his free time during the Covid-19 lockdown: A Witcher 3 Deathmarch run. “I decided to put it on the hardest difficulty level possible to play, which I have done before and it was really quite stressful!” he said. “I completely forgot how stressful it was.”
The Witcher season 2 debuts on Netflix on December 17 and will feature a trip to Kaer Morhen and a number of new faces, including Geralt’s fellow believers Vesemir, Eskel and Lambert.